As everyone is now aware, my last day at Global Health Trax is fast approaching. What few people expected was for GHT to lose both of their programmers in the span of a week.
Allow me to explain.
Since January of last year, GHT has had two programmers, Evan and myself. Evan’s responsibility was the Windows-based software and database; mine was the Linux-based web sites. This was the norm until November. On the 29th of November, Evan reported to work for the last time. After that, I was on my own with the Windows-based software. Not very pleasant for me, but not very difficult, either.
A couple of weeks after Evan’s departure, Art had me interview Larry as a replacement. Poor Larry was hired against my recommendation. He was obviously not a Windows programmer, but that’s what we hired him to do.
Larry was fired today. Ouch.
To add insult to injury, the human resources manager has an e-mail template she uses to announce someone’s departure to the entire company. One I’ve never known her to use except when an employee is let go for less than amicable reasons. In any case, her messages always read,
Alice is no longer an employee of GHT, but we wish her the best in her future endeavors.
Obviously, this message isn’t sent until after she has had the chance to escort the terminated employee out of the building. Wouldn’t want anyone to catch wind of their imminent separation from a steady paycheck.
That’s how I knew Larry had been fired. He had been summoned upstairs by a phone call. This by itself is not unusual, so I thought nothing of it at the time. When he returned, he was accompanied by Kristen, who hovered over him as he gathered his personal belongings. Then, just like that, they were gone. My cage suddenly felt very quiet and lonely.
I never liked Larry much, and I didn’t feel he was the most competent of programmers. I’ve been told that he broke more things than he fixed. Still, I find it interesting that GHT would want to go from two programmers to none so quickly. I imagine they have a backup plan in mind that involves consultants. I can only guess at what disasters that will cause.